Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hidden Killers

I'm the type of person who tries her best to cook our meals from scratch ensuring they are healthy. I try to use any body products for myself & our girls that are 'Good' which means - I make my own lotions HERE and body scrubs HERE and I use a shampoo that pretty much has good ingredients (after much research that is)

So, today I just wanted to share with you my readers some info that you may or may not know about. Some of the sites I use on a regular basis and how I 'Shop' for anything I would consider to use on our bodies. 

For many years I have known about some of the 'NO, NO' chemicals that are in most of everything, but some I have learned about over the last 2 years, thanks to our little girl Carys having super sensitive skin, but if i'm honest I don't like what the big named companies are putting into their products - even if they say it's 99% Natural ( If you learn how to read the label and its ingredients - you will realize it's not all that it's made out to be)

Below is a list of what to look for - I will add there are so many other products that have these NO-NO Chemicals so make sure you read the label BEFORE buying.

I love this site, you can type in a chemical and find out about it and its ratings on how good or bad it is;

Ingredients to avoid1

Prefixes ethyl, methyl, butyl or propyl

  • What it is: Parabens
  • Health risks: Endocrine disrupters that mimic estrogen; linked to weight gain and breast cancer
  • Found in: Lotions and shampoos

Fragrance, DEHP, DHP, DBP 5, dibutyl phthalate

  • What it is: Phthalates
  • Health risks: Sperm damage, infertility
  • Found in: Nail polish, shampoo, deodorant, lotion

Dyes: Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, Red 33

  • What it is: Coal tar
  • Health risks: Carcinogenic
  • Found in: Hair color, medicated shampoos

Triclosan, chloro, phenol, irgasan

  • What it is: Triclosan
  • Health risks: Endocrine and thyroid disrupter; promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria; bioaccumulates in the body
  • Found in: Antibacterial soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, toothpaste, deodorant

3-(4-methylbenzylidene)-camphor (4-MBC), octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA), bexophenome-3 (Bp-3), homosalate (HMS)

  • What it is: Sunscreen chemicals
  • Health risks: Estrogenic activity; enhances the potential for pesticides to penetrate the skin
  • Found in: Sunscreens

Polyethylene glycol (PEG, PPG, Cocoate), propylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, polyethoxyethylene, polyethoxyethylene mineral oil

  • What it is: Petroleum byproducts
  • Health risks: Carcinogen; liver and kidney effects
  • Found in: Lotions


  • What it is: Derivative of petroleum
  • Health risks: Endocrine disrupter; carcinogen
  • Found in: Lotions

Lead acetate, thimerosal, mercurius solubilis, mercurius sublimates, mercurius corrosives, mercuric chloride

  • What it is: Lead and mercury
  • Health risks: Found in higher levels in women with breast cancer; neurotoxin
  • Found in: Hair color, wound treatments, artificial tears


  • What it is: Propellant made from petroleum processing
  • Health risks: Carcinogen
  • Found in: Moisturizer, shaving cream, foot spray, breath freshener


  • What it is: Placenta, placental enzymes, placental extract
  • Health risks: Filled with hormones that upset your own balance and increase estrogen
  • Found in: Skin and hair conditioner


  • What it is: Hydroquinone
  • Health risks: Can cause a skin disease called ochronosis
  • Found in: Skin whitener

Nano zinc oxide <100mm

  • What it is: Nanoparticles
  • Health risks: The safety of nanoparticles has not been tested, but they can cross the blood/brain barrier and move along nerves
  • Found in: Sunscreens, lotions



1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you're looking out for us. I probably need to learn more about this...


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